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#51763 May 25th, 2007 at 05:50 PM
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has anyone had luck with sprouting BOP seeds? i have been at it for a few months. i have them in a greenhouse with water and it is usually hovering between 70+90 deg in there. i have chipped the seeds a bit and soaked them, but they are unresponsive. any help would be cool thanks!

Dionysus #51963 May 26th, 2007 at 08:47 AM
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Info Propagating Bird of Paradise seeds.
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http://www.hawaiitropicals.com/kipobiofpase.html

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Propagating Bird of Paradise seeds:
1. Soak seeds in lukewarm water for several hours.
2. Scarify seeds by nicking the outside hard shell with a knife or small file to scratch though in order for the seed to imbibe water.
3.Place about 1 to 2 cups of vermiculite or a one-to-one volume of peat and perlite, or a ready-mix starter, into a re-closable plastic sandwich bag and thoroughly moisten mixture.
4. plant seed to a depth of one-half inch and seal the plastic baggy. This will help to keep the soil mixture moist during the germination process. Moisten again if necessary during the germination process.
5. seeds should germinate in 2 - 3 months. Transplant seedlings individually into 3" pots when they grow two leaves. You can feed with a diluted liquid fertilizer at this stage.
6. Transplant to a larger pot when the plant outgrows the 3” pot. This step helps to produce a healthier plant. If the plant is to be grown indoors, transplant into a very large pot as the Bird of Paradise can grow as high as 4 feet tall with leaf blades 6 inches wide and 18 inches long.


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papito #52259 May 27th, 2007 at 03:04 AM
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The seeds you are working with need to be fresh. 6 months or younger. Older seeds don't germinate.


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tkhooper #52387 May 27th, 2007 at 11:18 AM
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But yes,they do take a while to germinate.I've got 2 started from seed.One took 5 months the other took 9 months.No idea how fresh the seed was.I think the taller one is about 4 years old now.I'd love for it to bloom.I've moved it to a larger pot now with my red Ti Plant(now 1 pot to overwinter..plantpooling.Haha))


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